Meet Our Teams

We are a service-oriented Department with staff on-duty and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Familiarize yourself with our subdivisions, staff and Organizational Chart so that you know who to contact in a time of need.

Support Services

Support Services spearheads our crime prevention efforts by providing community outreach and training opportunities. We also coordinate with Patrol Operations and the Denver Police to facilitate and participate in ongoing investigations.

  • Commander Mike Holt

    Mike Holt is the Commander of Campus Safety and currently leads support services with includes community outreach, investigations and training for the department.  Mike is a member of the Crisis Assessment Risk Evaluation (CARE) and Faculty Staff Support Network (FSSN) teams. Mike has a strong interest and belief in helping people and has dedicated his professional and personal life to doing so.

    Mike’s interests are jazz, and other performing arts, travel and his 5 pound Yorkie Missy. Mike passed on an opportunity to meet Prince (yes, THE Prince) to meet and talk with members of Prince’s horn section who were and still are some of his musical heroes.

    Mike has assisted in the security planning of campus visits of Presidents Clinton and Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary's of State Albright and Rice, US Senators Bennet and Romney, Supreme Court justices, Sotomayor and Scalia, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Dahli Lama, Desmond Tutu and several of the former and current mayors and governors Denver and Colorado.

    Mike is a US Air Force Veteran and was awarded the University of Denver Spirit award for outstanding service to the university community.



Patrol Operations

Our Patrol Operations duties include, but are not limited to, receiving and answering calls for assistance, information dissemination, proactive patrols of the campus, safety walks, special event staffing and direction to external services.

  • Captain Doug Hasty

    Doug Hasty is a Captain overseeing patrol operations and investigations for the Department. He has been with the department for the past 20 years.  His most memorable moments working here is the day he was able to meet and shake the hand of the 14th Dalai Lama. 

    He is married and with his wife he is raising our four kids in a blended family that he is very proud of, two boys and two girls.   

    Shortly after high school his first job was working as a summer seasonal wildland fire fighter for the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. After that he studied in Criminal Justice for three years at NMSU while minoring in History.


Office of Emergency Preparedness and Communications Center

The Department's Communications Center offers first-line assistance for anyone on campus. Our Communications Technicians monitor CCTV, intrusion alarm systems, 911 monitoring, C-cure system monitoring, radio traffic for Campus Safety Officers, all Emergency notifications to the community and handle all emergency and non-emergency calls.

We coordinate all activities necessary to build, sustain and improve our capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural and man-made disasters.


  • Captain Jeff Simpson

    Jeff Simpson is a Captain overseeing emergency preparedness and fire safety. He is responsible for emergency planning at the university which includes regular training and drills, while also supervising the Campus Safety Communications Center. He constantly urges students to sign up for DU Alerts.

    Something interesting people don’t know about Jeff: He was born in Okinawa Japan and taught himself how to play the piano.

    Jeff started working at the University of Denver in 2007 and left in 2013 to work at the Community College of Aurora as the Director of Security. Jeff Came back to DU in 2016 and has been in his current position since.

    Jeff holds a master’s degree in emergency management from the University of Denver.

Office of Compliance and Administration

The Office of Compliance and Administrationis responsible for the University’s obligations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (Clery Act) and the Campus Safety Department’s accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Clery and Compliance also manages the Campus Safety Department’s written directive development and publication, which ensures each directive aligns with the University’s policies, applicable laws and standards set by the CALEA accreditation program. Our primary goal is to ensure compliance and provide guidance to the Department in its mission to promote transparency, accountability, professionalism, inclusivity and integrity.

  • Mark Derham

    Mark Derham is the Clery and Compliance Coordinator. Mark is responsible for Campus Safety’s Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation and the University’s compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act. Before starting at the University of Denver, he worked for the Golden Police Department for ten years.

    When not working on regulatory compliance for the University, Mark loves spending time with his two kids, rock climbing and golfing in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter. Mark can often be found climbing at Movement Englewood, so be sure to say hello if you see him there.